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Funded Research degree opportunities

We currently have the following funded Research degree opportunities available.  

PhD Studentship in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience

The Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience at Brunel University London is offering a fully funded PhD studentship  to investigate social cognition profiles and behavioural and psychophysiological response to social rewards in mentally disordered offenders.  Based in the College of Health and Life Sciences and funded by Brunel University London, the studentship offers an annual London rate stipend of £16,777 plus Home/EU tuition fees, for a maximum of 36 months.  Preferred start date is 1st October 2018.

Deadline:  9th March 2018 

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Research Area: Cognition Function in Schizophrenia: Do Environmental Risk Factors Play a Role?

Overview
Most people with schizophrenia exhibit multifaceted cognitive impairment, including deficits in executive function, memory and sensory gating. Such impairments are present prior to the manifestation of clinical symptoms, persist in most patients despite symptom improvement, and are reported to be associated with psychosocial outcomes. Cognitive impairments are also reported in unaffected relatives of schizophrenia patients and considered to represent a risk marker.  The risk for schizophrenia is now believed to include the effects of certain genes as well as environmental risk factors. The aim of this PhD project will be to systematically investigate the effects of environment risk factors for schizophrenia (e.g. early life stress) on behavioural and psychophysiological measures of cognitive and affective processing that are known to be aberrant in people with schizophrenia as well as in their biological unaffected relatives.
The successful candidate will be supervised by Professor Veena Kumari. For informal discussions about this studentship, please contact Professor Veena Kumari (veena.kumari@brunel.ac.uk). 

Eligibility
Candidates should have an undergraduate degree (first or upper second class) or equivalent qualification in Psychology, Neuroscience or a related Life or Social Science discipline. A Masters qualification in a relevant area would be desirable. Experience in conducting quantitative psychological/behavioural research and multivariate data analysis is essential.  Applicants who have not been awarded a degree by a University in the UK will be expected to demonstrate English language skills to IELTS 7.0 (minimum 6.0 in any section).

This studentship is open to residents of UK or EU member state only

How to Apply
If you wish to apply, please e-mail the following to chls-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk by 9th March 2018

  • An up-to-date CV.
  • A single-page A4 single-spaced personal statement stating the name of one of the three positions above and setting out why you are a suitable candidate (i.e. outlining your qualifications and skills).
  • One example of your academic writing (e.g. an essay, a section from an undergraduate or Masters dissertation).
  • A summary of your teaching experience or the teaching activities you feel you could support.
  • Names and contact details for two academic referees.
  • A copy of your highest degree certificate and transcript.
  • A copy of your English language qualification, where applicable.

Short-listed applicants will be required to attend an interview. Applicants chosen for interview will be instructed to submit a formal online application via Admissions. 
For further information about how to apply, please contact the College of Health and Life Sciences Postgraduate Research Student Office on chls-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk.

 

PhD Studentship in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience

The Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience at Brunel University London is offering a fully funded PhD studentship to examine the influence of schizophrenia-relevant environmental risk factors in a range of behavioural and psychophysiological paradigms that reveal impaired performance, on average, in people with schizophrenia. Based in the College of Health and Life Sciences and funded by Brunel University London, the studentship offers an annual London rate stipend of £16,777 plus Home/EU tuition fees, for a maximum of 36 months.  Preferred start date is 1st October 2018.

Deadline:  9th March 2018 

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Research Area: Social Cognition and Sensitivity to Social Rewards in Mentally Disordered Offenders

Overview
Mental health problems have a direct relationship with violent offending in that people with a diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder (APD) and a proportion of those with a diagnosis of schizophrenia are at most risk for committing violent crimes.  Specialist high security psychiatric NHS hospitals in the UK provide treatment and security for people with mental disorders who are in compulsory detention because of their dangerous, violent or criminal behaviour.  There is some evidence to suggest that relatively intact social cognition is associated with a better clinical outcome in such forensic clinical populations.  The aim of this PhD project will be to investigate lower and higher order social cognition and sensitivity to social (vs monetary) rewards in mentally disordered offenders. 

The successful candidate will be supervised by Professor Veena Kumari. For informal discussions about this studentship, please contact Professor Veena Kumari (veena.kumari@brunel.ac.uk). 

Eligibility
Candidates should have an undergraduate degree (first or upper second class) or equivalent qualification in Psychology, Neuroscience or a related Life or Social Science discipline. A Masters qualification in a relevant area would be desirable. Experience in conducting quantitative psychological/behavioural research and multivariate data analysis is essential.  Applicants who have not been awarded a degree by a University in the UK will be expected to demonstrate English language skills to IELTS 7.0 (minimum 6.0 in any section). 

This studentship is open to residents of UK or EU member state only

How to Apply
If you wish to apply, please e-mail the following to chls-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk by 9th March 2018

  • An up-to-date CV.
  • A single-page A4 single-spaced personal statement stating the name of one of the three positions above and setting out why you are a suitable candidate (i.e. outlining your qualifications and skills).
  • One example of your academic writing (e.g. an essay, a section from an undergraduate or Masters dissertation).
  • A summary of your teaching experience or the teaching activities you feel you could support.
  • Names and contact details for two academic referees.
  • A copy of your highest degree certificate and transcript.
  • A copy of your English language qualification, where applicable.

Short-listed applicants will be required to attend an interview. Applicants chosen for interview will be instructed to submit a formal online application via Admissions. 
For further information about how to apply, please contact the College of Health and Life Sciences Postgraduate Research Student Office on chls-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk.

 

PhD Studentship in Psychological Sex Differences across Cultures

The Centre for Culture and Evolution at Brunel University London is offering a fully funded PhD studentship for the investigation of psychological sex differences across cultures. Based in the College of Health and Life Sciences, and funded by Brunel University London; the studentship offers an annual London rate stipend of £16,777 plus Home/EU tuition fees, for a maximum of 36 months.  Preferred start date is 1st October 2018.

Deadline:  9th March 2018 

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This research position will involve working with cross-cultural and evolutionary psychological research methods to investigate how men and women differ in their psychological attitudes and behaviours, and why these differences sometimes attenuate and sometimes accentuate across differing cultural forms.

Overview
The PhD studentship in Psychological Sex Differences across Cultureswill involve using cross-cultural and evolutionary research methods to investigate the ways men and women psychologically differ, and differ to varying degrees, across cultures. The studentship will involve using statistical tools such as multigroup confirmatory factor analysis to rigorously evaluate how men and women psychologically differ across cultures, and multilevel modelling to identify the most potent individual-level and culture-level predictors of psychological sex differences. A particular focus will be investigating the links among sociopolitical gender inequality, socioecological stress, and sex differences in sexual attitudes and behaviours. 

The successful candidate will be supervised by Professor David Schmitt. For informal discussions about this studentship, please contact Professor David Schmitt (David.Schmitt@brunel.ac.uk). 

Eligibility
Candidates should have an undergraduate degree (first or upper second class) or equivalent qualification in Psychology, Biological Anthropology or a related Life or Social Science discipline. A Masters qualification in a relevant area would be desirable. Experience in conducting quantitative psychological/behavioural research and multivariate data analysis is essential. Applicants who have not been awarded a degree by a University in the UK will be expected to demonstrate English language skills to IELTS 7.0 (minimum 6.0 in any section). 

How to Apply
If you wish to apply, please e-mail the following to chls-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk by 9th March 2018

  • An up-to-date CV.
  • A single-page A4 single-spaced personal statement stating the name of one of the three positions above and setting out why you are a suitable candidate (i.e. outlining your qualifications and skills).
  • One example of your academic writing (e.g. an essay, a section from an undergraduate or a Masters dissertation).
  • A summary of your teaching experience or the teaching activities you feel you could support.
  • Names and contact details for two academic referees.
  • A copy of your highest degree certificate and transcript.
  • A copy of your English language qualification, where applicable.

Short-listed applicants will be required to attend an interview. Applicants chosen for interview will be instructed to submit a formal online application via Admissions.  
For further information about how to apply, please contact the College of Health and Life Sciences Postgraduate Research Student Office on chls-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk.

 

NSIRC PhD Scholarships in Structural Integrity

The National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC) is a state-of-the-art postgraduate engineering facility established and managed by structural integrity specialist TWI offering PhD and MSc programmes in structural integrity. Six PhD scholarships are available throughout the year in the following projects:

  • Application of pulsed eddy currents to the measurement of residual stresses
  • Laser Processing of Fibre Reinforced Plastic Composites
  • Process capability study for Friction Stir Welding: Benchmarking the process variants
  • Coded wave forms for high resolution ultrasonic guided wave response of complex structures
  • Examination of residual stress state in pipeline girth welds subject to high plastic deformation
  • Robustness of steel-framed offshore structures against fire and blast 

The studentships will cover  a stipend of £16,000 per year and tuition fees. Overseas applicants are welcome to apply, with total funding capped at £24,000 per year.

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Eligibility: Home/EU and International
Requirements: Candidates should have a relevant degree at 2.1 minimum, or an equivalent overseas degree in Mechanical, Electrical/Electronics or Civil/Structural Engineering, Material Science, Metallurgy or Physics. Candidates with suitable work experience and strong capacity in numerical modelling and experimental skills are particularly welcome to apply. Overseas applicants should also submit IELTS results (minimum 6.5) if applicable.
Scholarship: This studentship is funded by NSIRC, industry partners and Brunel University London. For Home students a £24k per annum scholarship is available which will cover tuition fees and provide a competitive enhanced STIPEND of £16k per annum for the duration of three years. Partial scholarships are provided for international students with funding up to £24k per annum for three years.

To apply please contact Lara Gibson by email: lara.gibson@twi.co.uk

 

PhD Studentships in Electronic and Computer Engineering, Experimental Particle Physics

The College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences at Brunel University London is offering two funded PhD studentships within the Particle Physics Group, UK funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

  • One successful applicant will work on the Compact Muon Solenoid experiment (CMS) at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Geneva
  • One successful applicant will work on the MICE experiment based at STFC, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxfordshire

Both PhD studentships are for a period of up to four years commencing on or before October 2017 and will include, for CMS, the possibility of a long-term attachment at CERN for a year or longer. The successful applicants will receive an annual stipend (bursary) of £16,553 plus payment of their full time Home-EU tuition fees.

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Project details
The Particle Physics Group has been carrying out research in experimental particle physics for more than 25 years, with its current focus being the CMS experiment at CERN, the MICE experiment at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, and Grid computing for particle physics (GridPP project).

Our CMS group makes a significant contribution to the study of top quark production in proton-proton collisions using CMS data. The group also plays an active role in the maintenance, operation and upgrading of the Silicon Tracker, having contributed to the construction and commissioning of this detector and the current endcap electromagnetic calorimeter. We are looking to recruit a student to study the production of the top quark in both Standard Model and Beyond the Standard Model scenarios using CMS data and to contribute to activities related to the upgrade of the current CMS tracking detector. Successful applicants will also contribute to detector performance studies. A period of long-term attachment at CERN is associated with the CMS studentship.

The MICE collaboration aims to demonstrate the ionisation cooling principle for a muon beam by making one of the most precise measurements of emittance and its reduction through ionisation cooling. The successful candidate will take a leading role in the analysis of data taken in 2016 and 2017. The student will contribute to the precision measurement of beam emittance and emittance reduction across the MICE absorbers. Our aim is to make the most precise measurement of beam emittance ever. This is an exciting opportunity for a PhD student who will be based jointly at Brunel University London and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

Eligibility
Applicants will have or be expected to receive a good undergraduate degree (upper second or first BSc) but ideally an MSci/MPhys degree, in Physics or a closely related subject, to be eligible for STFC studentships. Experience of C++ or python would be an advantage, and additionally for the MICE studentship a knowledge and interest in particle accelerators and beam dynamics. The studentships also have eligibility criteria relating to UK residency, for full details of the STFC eligibility criteria and other information, please visit the STFC studentship website.

How to apply
If you wish to apply, please e-mail the following to Group Leader, Professor Peter Hobson as soon as possible: 

  • An up-to-date CV;
  • A single-page A4 personal statement setting out why you are a suitable candidate (i.e. outlining your qualifications and skills);
  • Names and contact details for two academic referees;
  • A copy of your degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
  • Evidence of English language capability to IELTS 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all sections), if applicable

 Applications will continue to be accepted until all studentships have been filled.

 

PhD Studentship: Residual Stress Analysis and Prediction on Cylinder Head Castings

Applications are invited for ONE full time (3.5 year) EPSRC Industrial CASE PhD studentships at BCAST, Brunel University London starting from October 2018 or earlier.  The successful candidate will work on the project of “Residual Stress Analysis and Prediction on Cylinder Head Castings”. The successful applicant will receive an annual stipend (currently £16,553 per annum) and payment of their full-time home tuition fees for a period of 42 months.

Deadline:  Noon on Friday 1st June 2018 

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BCAST is a speciality research institute focusing on solidification related research with an international reputation and is the host of the national centre of excellence in liquid metal engineering (the Future LiME Research Hub). The research covers fundamental research, technological development and industrial applications in the field of solidification and materials processing. BCAST is well equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for both solidification processing and materials characterisation. See http://bcast.brunel.ac.uk for more information.

Project Details 
The successful candidate will work on the project of “Residual Stress Analysis and Prediction on Cylinder Head Castings”. This will include design of featured castings or direct use of cylinder head castings for residual stress analysis; Validation of measuring methods and measurement of residual stress in castings; prediction of residual stress through modelling or suitable methods; and setup of quantitative relationship between materials processing and residual stress. The project also aims to understand the underlying mechanisms responsible for the formation of residual stress in castings. He/she is expected to interact with other researchers in University and research engineers from industry. It is also expected that throughout the project, the student will acquire a set of skills in advanced materials characterization/analysis.  Applicants should submit the documents for the research project.  Informal enquires emailed to Dr. Shouxun Ji at shouxun.ji@brunel.ac.uk  

Eligibility
Applicants will have or expect to receive a minimum 2:1 or 1st class degree in a relevant subject, e.g.: Materials Science, Chemistry, Physics or Mechanical Engineering.  A Masters qualification is an advantage but not essential.
 Applicants must have been resident in the UK for three or more years, not wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education, to receive the studentship. 

How to Apply
Please e-mail all the documents listed below to cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk by Noon on Friday 1st June 2018 at the latest.  Interviews will take place afterwards. 

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • A one A4 page personal statement setting out why you are a suitable candidate (i.e.: your skills and experience);
  • A copy of your degree certificate(s) and transcript (s);
  • Names and contact details for two academic referees;
  • Evidence of English language capability to IELTS 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all sections), if applicable. 

PhD Studentship: Formation of Intermetallics during Solidification of Aluminium Alloys 

Applications are invited for ONE full time PhD studentship at BCAST - a speciality research institute focusing on solidification related research with an international reputation and is the host of the national centre of excellence in liquid metal engineering (the Future LiME Research Hub). Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend of £16,553 plus payment of their full time home/EU tuition fees for a period of 48 months.   

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BCAST is well equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for both solidification processing and materials characterisation. See here  for more information. 

You will study the formation of intermetallics in aluminium alloys as a function of processing conditions and alloy chemistry. The project aims to understand the nucleation of intermetallics during solidification of aluminium alloys and to develop practical approaches to refine such intermetallics. This project involves alloy preparation, solidification processing under various conditions and materials characterisation at different length scales.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor Isaac Chang, Head of LiME Training Centre at isaac.chang@brunel.ac.uk or +44(0)1895 268491 

Eligibility
Successful candidates are required to have a first degree at or equivalent to 2:1 or above in a suitable engineering discipline, e.g. materials science, chemistry, physics, etc. A Master’s level qualification is desirable but not essential. Experience in solidification processing of metallic materials, skills in microstructural characterisation using various microscopy techniques and a working knowledge of mechanical testing of metallic materials is an advantage.  In addition, he/she should be highly motivated, able to work in a team and have good communication skills. 

Applicants must have been resident in the UK for 3 or more years, not wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education, to receive the studentship. The successful applicants will be supported by a number of research fellows working in the project areas.

How to Apply
If you wish to apply, please email the following to isaac.chang@brunel.ac.uk AND cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk 

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • Your single A4 page, single-spaced personal statement setting out why you are interested in undertaking this project;
  • Your degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
  • Evidence of your English language capability to IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, if appropriate;
  • Names and contact details for two academic referees; 

 

PhD Studentship: Heterogeneous Nucleation during Solidification of Light Metals

Applications are invited for TWO full time PhD studentships at BCAST - a speciality research institute focusing on solidification related research with an international reputation and is the host of the national centre of excellence in liquid metal engineering (the Future LiME Research Hub). Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend of £16,553 plus payment of their full time home/EU tuition fees for a period of 48 months.  

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You will work on experimental investigation of heterogeneous nucleation of primary phases in light metals, such as aluminium and magnesium alloys produced by advanced casting technologies. These projects aim to advance our understanding of heterogeneous nucleation of primary phases during solidification of light metals and to exploit the heterogeneous nucleation concept in the microstructural refinement and defect control. These projects involve alloy preparation, solidification processing under various conditions and materials characterisation at different length scales. 

Our research covers fundamental research, technological development and industrial applications in the field of solidification and materials processing. BCAST is well equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for both solidification processing and materials characterisation. See http://bcast.brunel.ac.uk for more information.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor Isaac Chang, Head of LiME Training Centre at isaac.chang@brunel.ac.uk or +44(0)1895 268491 

Eligibility
Successful candidates are required to have a first degree at or equivalent to 2:1 or above in a suitable engineering discipline, e.g. materials science, chemistry, physics, etc. A Master’s level qualification is desirable but not essential. Experience in solidification processing of metallic materials, skills in microstructural characterisation using various microscopy techniques and a working knowledge of mechanical testing of metallic materials is an advantage.  In addition, he/she should be highly motivated, able to work in a team and have good communication skills. 

Applicants must have been resident in the UK for 3 or more years, not wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education, to receive the studentship. The successful applicants will be supported by a number of research fellows working in the project areas.

How to Apply
If you wish to apply, please email the following to isaac.chang@brunel.ac.uk AND cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk 

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • Your single A4 page, single-spaced personal statement setting out why you are interested in undertaking this project;
  • Your degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
  • Evidence of your English language capability to IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, if appropriate;
  • Names and contact details for two academic referees; 

 

PhD Studentship: Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Aluminium Alloys Processed by Vacuum Assisted High Pressure Die Casting 

Applications are invited for ONE full time PhD studentship at BCAST - a speciality research institute focusing on solidification related research with an international reputation and is the host of the national centre of excellence in liquid metal engineering (the Future LiME Research Hub). Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend of £16,553 plus payment of their full time home/EU tuition fees for a period of 48 months.   


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You will study the microstructure and mechanical properties of novel aluminium alloys processed by vacuum assisted high pressure die casting. The relationship between the process, microstructure and the mechanical properties will be set up through this study by experimental research or by theoretical understanding. The effect of casting defects on the mechanical properties will be also addressed through computer tomography and/or other necessary techniques.

Our research covers fundamental research, technological development and industrial applications in the field of solidification and materials processing. BCAST is well equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for both solidification processing and materials characterisation. See http://bcast.brunel.ac.uk for more information.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor Isaac Chang, Head of LiME Training Centre at isaac.chang@brunel.ac.uk or +44(0)1895 268491 

Eligibility
Successful candidates are required to have a first degree at or equivalent to 2:1 or above in a suitable engineering discipline, e.g. materials science, chemistry, physics, etc. A Master’s level qualification is desirable but not essential. Experience in solidification processing of metallic materials, skills in microstructural characterisation using various microscopy techniques and a working knowledge of mechanical testing of metallic materials is an advantage.  In addition, he/she should be highly motivated, able to work in a team and have good communication skills. 

Applicants must have been resident in the UK for 3 or more years, not wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education, to receive the studentship. The successful applicants will be supported by a number of research fellows working in the project areas.

How to Apply
If you wish to apply, please email the following to isaac.chang@brunel.ac.uk AND cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk 

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • Your single A4 page, single-spaced personal statement setting out why you are interested in undertaking this project;
  • Your degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
  • Evidence of your English language capability to IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, if appropriate;
  • Names and contact details for two academic referees; 

 

 

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